Family Acceptance:  Three Different Perspectives

Presenters: Marsha Aizumi, Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, Rev. John Oda, and Laurin Mayeno

A Nikkei father, brother and mother share their stories of how they have been transformed by their LGBTQ child or family member courageously being who they are.  We hope to provide insight into some of the challenges that families face to navigate their journey to a place unconditional love and acceptance.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions in smaller groups, share your things that have worked for you or just learn from the sharing of others.

Community Building for Trans/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary/Genderqueer Nikkei/JA People!

Presented by: riKu matsuda

Do you identify as both Nikkei/JA AND trans/gender non-conforming/non-binary/genderqueer?!  AWESOME!  Come build community and share in the creation of this unique space by and for Nikkei/JA folks who identify as trans/gender non-conforming/non-binary/genderqueer and questioning!

LGBTQQ Identity and Island Conformity: Departure from Hawaii to the Mainland USA

Presented by: Gerald Takano

The session’s focus is on the journey of LGBTQQ Asian-Americans from Hawaii and the discovery of their LGBTQQ identities outside of the islands during the mid-20th century. The session will include discussions by persons (elders) on shared and diverse experiences and LGBTQQ interpretation within the context of Asian American island culture.
The session will highlight the movement of Asian American LGBTQQ persons from the fragile security of an ethnic island-based cultural majority to the life on continental USA. Mid-20th century Hawaii history, hidden LGBTQQ stories, the concept of “home” and adjustments to life on the continental USA will be discussed. In addition the session will present methods and resources for interpretation, documentation and archival public access.

Movement Building in the Japanese American Community

Want to make a difference? Engage with other individuals and organizations in their movement building efforts.  Organizational interests are advanced though collaboration, aligning strategies towards common goals. Find out what work is being done by fellow participants towards LGBTQ equality and fostering understanding and acceptance in the Nikkei Community and learn how we can support each other in our efforts.  New to the movement?  Make connections here.

More Coming Soon!